China's birth rates fall to lowest since 1949China | 17 Jan 2020 10:32 am
China's birth rate fell to its lowest last year since the founding of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago, posing a long-term challenge for its government, Reuters reports.
The birth rate stood at 10.48 per thousand, the lowest since 1949, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed today. The number of babies born in 2019 dropped by about 580,000 to 14.65 million.
Many young couples in China are reluctant to have children because they cannot afford to pay for health care and education alongside expensive housing. The abolishment of the One Child
Policy in 2015 has not provided much of a tangible boost to the country's birth rate.
Meanwhile, divorce rates are hitting records. In the first three quarters of 2019, about 3.1 million couples filed for divorce, compared with 7.1 million couples getting married, according to data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs.-Photo: China Daily